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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67882
Recording details: August 2011
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: June 2012
Total duration: 15 minutes 52 seconds

'The playing is outstanding for its crystalline tone, springy rhythms, lively tempos and integral handling of ornamentation. Hyperion's recording of the modern Steinway is cleanly focused … Hamelin is often at his most brilliant where Haydn is at his most eccentric … a sparkling collection' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The most immediately striking feature of the set is the unfailingly superb, crystalline clarity of Hamelin's sound … the performances are next to flawless' (International Record Review)

Piano Sonata in G major, Hob XVI:6
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Allegro  [5'53]
Menuet – Trio  [3'54]
Adagio  [3'36]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Most impressive of Haydn’s early sonatas is the four-movement G major, No 6. The opening movement deploys a diverse array of galant clichés with a confident swagger, while the final Allegro molto, spiced by irregular phrase lengths, shares the drive and dash of Haydn’s early symphony finales. There is a Baroque flavour to the trio of the minuet, with its chromatically falling bass (a traditional symbol of lamentation), and to the G minor Adagio, in which the right hand spins an expressive arioso over a steadily reiterated quaver pulse.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2012

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